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Uwe De Witt Puts A Fandom Spin On Iconic Album Covers

Music. Everyone has their own tastes. Whether it is the casual music listener who uses the medium as a travelling companion, or the die-hard audio visual connoisseur who can tell you everything there is to know about their favourite band, we all share one thing. We all enjoy the pleasures listening to a tune or score can bring. Now myself, well I am more a film buff, but even I can see the importance that music has in our everyday lives. Iconic film scenes are made that way in some cases, by the musical score that surrounds them. So even with my limited music knowledge I can spot an iconic album cover or to. What artist Uwe De Witt has done has used this knowledge to create a pop culture spin on the cover art we know and love (much like artist Butcher Billy) into his own unique style of artwork.

uwe de witt dr strange

Now as I have previously stated, I am no expert when it comes to album covers. So the examples you can see below have not been labelled with the album cover source. But you Cult Collective readers are a damn sight more intelligent than I am, so I know you will be able to piece all of the information together yourselves. I do recognise the variations on Iron Maiden cover albums though, all of which look great.

uwe de witt batman uwe de witt black queen uwe de witt cage 2 uwe de witt cage uwe de witt conan uwe de witt daken uwe de witt dexter uwe de witt domino uwe de witt dr doom 2 uwe de witt dr doom uwe de witt dr manhatten uwe de witt fantastic 4 2 uwe de witt fantastic 4 3 uwe de witt fantastic 4 uwe de witt gambit uwe de witt ghost rider 2 uwe de witt ghost rider 3 uwe de witt ghost rider uwe de witt ghostrider uwe de witt iron madien ghostrider uwe de witt iron madien magneto 2 uwe de witt iron madien magneto uwe de witt john constatine uwe de witt judge death uwe de witt marv uwe de witt mystique uwe de witt storm uwe de witt swamp thing uwe de witt thing uwe de witt wolverine uwe de witt x 23

It is great to see how naturally the fandom characters intersperse into the album cover designs. Gambit and Constantine make a bang up Bowie, and Judge Death seems like he was tailored made to be a replacement for Eddie from Iron Maiden. It is testament to Uwe superb artistic skills that he can mimic each album cover, while adding his own spin on it. His keen knowledge of fandom and music artists means he can expertly place each character into the right album sleeve, making each one a whole heap of fun to look at. The little in jokes help to (check out the Batman Phil Collins mash up to see what I mean).

This is only a taster of the covers he has done and for a complete list you should check out his Deviant Art page. While you are at it do not forget to check out his other pieces of art on his official website and his Face Book page as well as the work he has done for the website Spacelord. It is going to be interesting to see what else Uwe has up his sleeve in the months leading up to 2015 and if nothing else my interest in music has greatly increased because of his work on show here today.

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Go Diorama Crazy With These Super Creations By Louise Townend Of Craft Geek Dioramas

Dioramas may not be the first port of call when it comes to collectors displaying their figures, but even the die-hard fan have to admit that they certainly add character to what would be an otherwise uninspiring work top or glass cabinet display. At the end of the day, as much as I like my action figures boxed and hanging on my wall, they were made for the most part to be played with.

Whether it be for a small child or a childish adult, we can all get a little buzz out of checking out the latest figures points of articulation. Marvel and other companies certainly think so and have contributed to this field in the past, putting toy lines out that came with their own little mini diorama (the Punisher action figure with arcade smashed diorama had a thug with a grenade in his mouth!). For the most part though they never looked quite like these creations by Louise Townend of Craft Geek Dioramas.

 

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Explore This Years Greatest Sci-Fi Comic Book Movies With Prints By French Artist Simon Delart

Graphic designer and illustrator Simon Delart has always had an interest in pop culture. Working with geometrical forms he creates images somewhere between realism and abstraction, while paying tribute to a culture that has inspired him.

For his latest pieces, Simon has pulled inspiration from The Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: Days of Future Past, easily the best sci-fi movies of the year, let alone comic book movies!

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Lowercase Industry Celebrates The Galaxy’s Favourite Scoundrels With New Releases “Fett” And “Gambit”

We regularly feature the new releases of South Yorkshire based visual artist Michael Latimer and have covered lots of his previous releases, mainly because he is such a nice chap and his style is so unique and, well, brilliant.

Today, Lowercase Industry have release two more paintings continuing Michael’s “Heroics” line of hand painted, hand sprayed originals inspired by our favourite heroes and villains. This time Michael has been inspired by two of comics and films most popular scoundrels, Boba Fett and Gambit.

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The LGX Presents Awesome Splash Graffiti Style Fan Art

The LGX (or Kode Logic as he is otherwise known) is a man of mystery. Aside from the fact he is Australian and likes Street Fighter I do not know much about him. So the introduction to his work is going to be a tad brief. But my waffling is not really why you guys and gals are here anyway, so let’s crack on and look at some great artwork shall we?

My first exposure to LGX work was with his Iron series. Taking pop culture characters from a wide range of sources, Kode bangs on some high tech Iron Man style armour and gives us beautiful neon infused creations. There feels like an intense Tokyo feel to his work, or Manhattan at night, with a splash of 80’s colours thrown in for good measure. Colours and lights combine together with some fantastically drawn images, while your eyes are pleasantly assaulted with the sheer amount of brightness on display. Certainly Tron like elements creep up in his work as well, but it was the way his work feels like it exploded out of a spray can which really interested me. There is graffiti like qualities to these pieces, which is one of the many things that make it stand out. Below is a selection of some of my favourites from this range.

LGX iron batman

LGX iron bison

LGX iron dl

LGX iron magneto

LGX iron predator LGX iron ryu

LGX iron shark LGX iron spiderman

LGX iron sub zero

LGX iron superman

My favourite? Iron Shark, how can you not love that! As always I like to show other pieces of artwork the included artist has created, and below is a few that really caught my eye. The revamped X-Men posters are certainly stunning to look at but it was the Breaking Bad and Tron style Street Fighter characters that promoted some jaw dropping on my part that Tex Avery would have been proud of!

LGX breaking bad LGX joker

LGX tron ken

LGX tron ryu

LGX x men

The crying shame is I could not find a link to buy the above prints. It could just be me and my lack of internet knowledge, but I know I need an Iron Shark poster in my life! My searches for Iron Sharks may have hit a dead end, but I did manage (on his Deviant Art page) to find some great pieces for sale which are listed below.

LGX mecha balrog

High-quality prints in glossy, matte and lustre finishes. 30 x 40 Inches. £31.72p.

LGX mecha bison

 High-quality prints in glossy, matte and lustre finishes. 30 x 40 Inches. £31.72p.

LGX mecha vega

High-quality prints in glossy, matte and lustre finishes. 24 x 36 Inches. £25.15p.

You should check out the rest of his prints over at his Deviant Art page and look on his Facebook  and Twitter pages for more up to date Kode art news. His Facebook page has tons of artwork on it which I just could not squeeze into this article, so if you get a hankering for more you know where to look!

Indie Spotlight: Discover The Film Posters And Art Of Ben McLeod

As we continue our journey into independent U.K based artists and designers, today we feature Ben McLeod from Manchester, England. Recently featuring in Hero Complex Gallery’s Jaws exhibition, “Smile, you son of a Bitch!”. As part of Blurppy’s illustrious Poster Posse, Ben has also recently featured issue 6 of Ink and Arrows magazine talking about his inspiration, work and what keeps him motivated. Ink and Arrows is a great magazine that you really should pick up!

X Men Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past by Ben McLeod

When I look at the work produced by artists, it always brings a smile to my face when they produce posters for things I enjoy. Yesterday in our piece on Thomas Walker, we discussed how it’s great to see artists who don’t shy away from producing pieces based on novels. It’s great to see that Ben also produces some fantastic designs based on some of literature’s greatest, including my all time favourite, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Ben McLeod

Ben doesn’t seem to be afraid to make off the wall choices in his poster design’s either, having created posters for Ruby Sparks, which was one of my personal favourite movies of last year!

Ruby SparksRuby Spark by Ben McLeod

Ben was kind enough to share with us a bit about himself and details about his inspiration and how he works:

My style and way of working is influenced heavily by great American designers like Saul Bass and Paul Rand. I get inspiration from everywhere though, from Russian and Polish poster design from the constructivist movement, Bauhaus, de Stijl. I’m a huge fan of Basquiat, Warhol, Braque and Picasso to name a few. As difficult as it can be to do good work at times, nobody can say they are uninspired. My work is influenced by all of these things, it is also important to me in my work to not over polish an image. I find it satisfying to decide an image is complete when it neither overworked not underworked. I like it to be slightly rough around the edges, literally! To have textures and lines slightly overlap where they shouldn’t, to have colours bleed over onto other elements of the image, that is what interests me. Sometimes letting elements fall on the canvas and stay where they fall, let chance and randomness play a part in the image. Don’t be too precious but at the same time don’t let it run away with itself.

12 Years a slave12 Years A Slave – Ben McLeod

In the past year or so I have combined my love of film and illustration and turned my hand to designing alternative film posters. I was lucky enough to get approached by Blurppy.com and asked to be a member of the Poster Posse, a group of artists and designers who have a passion and a flair for alternative film posters. And with the hard work, help and support of our illustrious leader Don (I hope he doesn’t mind me mentioning him!), we have been going from strength to strength, some of us were recently approached by 20th Century FOX to have our work used in a special edition DVD of the new X Men film, others had the opportunity to show their Godzilla posters at the LA premier of the new film. And these aren’t the only perks of being involved with the group, we have a great comradery. Looking to each other for advice and tips and support and so on, it’s been a real pleasure to be involved!
I was involved with an Australian independent film earlier this year which has had the honour of being shown at various film festivals around the world. This is something I hope to do more of in the future, get more heavily involved in film from pre production through to release, and be a part of that world.

Jaws Ben McLeod

“Blood In The Water” by Ben McLeod

Limited Edition Giclee of 35

Available from Hero Complex Gallery

You can pick up some of Ben’s work over on his Society6 store or by contacting him directly if you live in the U.K. To keep topside of all of Ben’s latest work, be sure to follow him on Twitter, Facebook and check out his website for more awesome designs!

Lowercase Industry Are The Law! New Releases, “Dredd” And “Xenomorph” By Michael Latimer

For a while I have been pestering South Yorkshire based visual artist Michael Latimer to produce a piece based on Judge Dredd, and I now finally have my wish! Michael Latimer is a favourite around these parts and we have covered lots of his previous releases, chiefly because his style is so unique and, well, brilliant.

Michael has just released two new prints via Lowercase Industry continuing his “Heroics” line of hand painted, hand sprayed originals inspired by our favourite heroes and villains, not least Mega City One’s iron jawed law enforcement officer; Judge Joseph Dredd!

“Dredd” by Michael Latimer

15 x 20 inches sized hand painted, hand sprayed originals on heavyweight luxury watercolour paper with acrylics and spraypaint.

Run of 20, signed and numbered, £55 shipped internationally

Alien Michael Latimer

“Xenomorph” by Michael Latimer

22 x 22 inches sized hand painted, hand sprayed originals on heavyweight luxury watercolour paper with acrylics and spraypaint.

Run of 20, signed and numbered, £65 shipped internationally

 

Each of these colourful and wonderfully texture paintings are completely hand painted and are truly individual. Each differ slightly due to the nature of how they are produced and are unique in their own way. With international shipping included in the price, for such a unique piece of art, they are a bargain and can be purchased in the Lowercase Industry Online Store NOW!

While you are over there be sure to check out some of Michaels other, original pieces. His style is so varied and he uses a variety of different mediums to truly compliment each piece. Here is a brief selection.

Follow Lowercase Industry on Twitter for future releases and make sure you have a good look around Lowercase Industries, Michael’s work is amazing.

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Mike Mitchell And Mondo Make Their’s Marvel This Friday!

Artist and epic beard owner Mike Mitchell is renowned for his fantastic ‘Portraits’ and ‘Just Like Us’ series and last year even held his own gallery show based on the series over at the Mondo Gallery in Austin. Following on from the success of that gallery and the popularity of those pieces Mondo and Mike Mitchell have again teamed up for a new gallery, this one dedicated to the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe!

Mondo Showcard

 

“Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo” kicks off 7pm this Friday at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX and will run from April 25 through May 17. Marvel ran a great interview with Mike and Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael over at their Website today. Check it out.

 

Most of the previews so far have centered around Mike’s ‘Portraits’ series, but today the Austin Chronicle previewed some of his excellent ‘JLU’ pieces. With over 50 pieces in total, Mike has been busy pulling all of this together and so far it looks as if he has done an amazing job!

To make the event extra special, if it wasn’t enough already, Mondo will also be hosting a cosplay contest during the opening night reception of the show (Friday, April 25th from 7PM – 10PM) with prizes being awarded to the winners. Who doesn’t love a good cosplay? Mondo have even dressed the gallery up to celebrate the occasion!

Mondo Gallery Massive Modok

 

For more information and show teases follow Mondo and Mike Mitchell on Twitter!

Lowercase Industry Release Three More Heroic Pieces By Michael Latimer

South Yorkshire based visual artist Michael Latimer is a favourite around these parts. We have covered lots of his previous releases, chiefly because his style is so unique and, well, brilliant.

Michael has just released three new prints via Lowercase Industry continuing his “Heroics” line of hand painted, hand sprayed originals inspired by our favourite heroes and villains.

“Gotham 3” by Michael Latimer

56cm x 76cm (22 x 30 inches) sized hand painted, hand sprayed originals on heavyweight luxury watercolour paper with acrylics and spraypaint.

Run of 25, signed and numbered, £75 shipped internationally

“Scott and Jean” by Michael Latimer

56cm x 76cm (22 x 30 inches) sized hand painted, hand sprayed originals on heavyweight luxury watercolour paper with acrylics and spraypaint.

Run of 10, signed and numbered, £75 shipped internationally

“Deadpool 3” by Michael Latimer

11.5 x 15 sized hand painted, hand sprayed originals on heavyweight luxury watercolour paper with acrylics and spraypaint.

Run of 10, signed and numbered, £35 shipped internationally

Each of these colourful and wonderfully texture paintings are completely hand painted and are truly individual. Each differ slightly due to the nature of how they are produced and are unique in their own way. With international shipping included in the price, for such a unique piece of art, they are a bargain and can be purchased in the Lowercase Industry Online Store NOW!

While you are over there be sure to check out some of Michaels other, original pieces. His style is so varied and he uses a variety of different mediums to truly compliment each piece. Here is a brief selection.

Follow Lowercase Industry on Twitter for future releases.

Rich Davies Amazing ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Poster Posse Piece Gets Thumbs Up From Bryan Singer

Now I do not normally keep up with Twitter news. Being a bit of a loud mouth myself I find it tricky to relate my experiences in so few characters so I ramble to the lucky patrons on Facebook instead! But this discussion definitely caught my attention.

Artist Rich Davies who hails from South West Wales in the UK created a mind blowing piece of poster art celebrating the new movie X-Men – Days of Future Past as part of Blurppy’s Poster Posse project, check it out below and prepared to be amazed.

x-men days of future past Blurppy Rich Davies

Now, Rich’s poster and Blurppy’s Poster Posse Project’s are pretty cool in of themselves, but the story does not end here. Director Bryan Singer caught wind of Rich’s poster and personally gave him a heartfelt thanks for making such a stunning piece of work which you can see in this simple Tweet.

Keep your eyes peeled for an article on Cult Collective regarding Rich Davies’ work as we will be putting together  a celebration of his art and style which will be coming out in the near future, as this guys art needs to be showcased more often. We cannot wait to see what Rich next  pulls out of his hat and you too can keep up to date with his work via Twitter feed here, Facebook and Website.

Keep up to date with future Poster Posse Projects by following them on Twitter!